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Celebrating Diversity and Women’s Leadership in North Park

As the Executive Director of North Park Main Street (NPMS), I am proud to reflect on the significance of both Black History Month and the start of Women’s History Month. These observances serve as important reminders of the contributions and struggles of historically marginalized communities, while also providing an opportunity for celebration and recognition. However, it’s crucial to remember that our commitment to diversity and inclusion should extend beyond just these designated months. We can show up and show out for our black and women owned businesses 365 days a year!

At NPMS, we advocate for North Park’s business community and administer the North Park Business Improvement District (BID). We believe in championing development that preserves our community’s historic integrity, supports it’s arts & culture, and promotes an urban, pedestrian-friendly shopping and dining environment. Central to our mission is the recognition that diversity is not only important but essential to maintaining a healthy and resilient community. Jane Jacobs, a pioneer in urban studies, famously championed the idea that urban diversity improves the quality of citizens’ lives. This sentiment rings true in North Park, where our diverse business community enriches the fabric of our neighborhood. From small local shops to large bank branches, diversity in businesses and business owners fosters creativity, economic growth, and a sense of belonging for all residents.

As we enter Women’s History Month, we recognize that women play a crucial role in shaping North Park’s business landscape, and we celebrate their leadership and achievements. To continue to promote the stories and success of this community, we will be hosting a women’s mixer this month, where County Supervisor Monica Montgomery Steppe will share her experiences and connect with our community, further highlighting the importance of women’s leadership. If you are interested in being involved, please contact [email protected]

Women’s impact on our community is also felt behind the scenes at NPMS, we are fortunate to have Sandra Torres, our dedicated community engagement coordinator. Sandra’s tireless efforts ensure the success of our community events, from ribbon cuttings to business forums. Her commitment to promoting a vibrant community is truly invaluable, and we are grateful for her contributions.

As we reflect on the significance of Black History Month and look ahead to Women’s History Month, let us remember that diversity and inclusion are not just buzzwords but fundamental principles that should guide our actions every day of the year. Together, let’s continue to build a North Park that embraces and celebrates the richness of its diversity.